Peer-to-peer networking meets Internet radio. Is on-demand streaming far behind? The trick involves marrying peer-to-peer technology with Internet radio. Using that combination, some companies are creating powerful tools that automatically broadcast people's private playlists onto the Web. The output is then pulled together into a searchable database that lets listeners find the music they want, when they want it. Safeguards are in place to prevent unauthorized downloads, ensuring copyrights are honored. But if the technology behind the networks keeps improving and the number of people using them keeps growing, the services could one day turn into something akin to free, on-demand request radio.
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A music catalogue, CD and digital audio download distribution system that makes your tracks available to Australian community radio stations, and allows you to track where the music is being played etc. AirIt also enables like-minded stations to share music discoveries, and charts their progress. They then get unlimited streaming access via the free Bandcamp app plus an optional high-quality download, which you can also offer for free in exchange for their email address to build your contacts database. BEATPORT Unique to electronic artists and DJs, Beatport allows you to upload your mix, with the option to sell or share in a system that is market and genre orientated and sees high profile artists promoting their favourites. On Google Play, you can sell your music in the Google Play store and include it on the on-demand streaming service. You can submit your music yourself through the Google Play Artist hub or become associated with an aggregator and let them distribute it for you. FM A music recommendation service that allows users to discover more music based on the songs they play. Create your own profile to share your music and connect it to similar artists for others to discover. If you wish to be featured on Apple Music, you will need an aggregator to distribute your music. To get your music featured and receive royalties, select Amazon Music Unlimited as a streaming service through your aggregator.
How to choose among Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, Tidal, and more
We respect your privacy. All email addresses you provide will be used just for sending this story. There are a lot of music streaming services to choose from, and most of them have more similarities than differences. Competition is heating up. Spotify and Apple Music —which lead the market—have engaged in a public battle for music streaming supremacy. Meanwhile, older players such as SiriusXM have revamped their services and newcomers include two platforms for fans of classical music. Most music streaming services offer an unpaid trial period. Scroll through, or click the links below to jump to our take on a particular service.
When the music-focused social network Cymbal launched in , the service promised to be a hub for music junkies to share their favorite artists and flaunt their great taste. Once you logged in, you'd see a stream of songs titles shared by whoever you were following, often accompanied by some sort of commentary or mini review. The goal was to create a feed that acted as a playlist, with everything curated by all the people who matter to you. While the service was able to gain some traction among devout music nerds, its user base wasn't enough to keep the service afloat, and Cymbal recently announced it would be shutting down this June. Cymbal wasn't the first service dedicated to social music discovery. In , Apple launched Ping , the social recommendation platform that lived and died inside iTunes.